Prodded by DIY crosswalk, DOT puts one on The Avenue

crosswalk hampden done

A new crosswalk at 36th and Elmstreets, put in by the city – after irritated Hampden-ites painted their own.

Photo by: Deborah Patterson

Score one for Hampden’s plucky, pugnacious citizen street improvers.

Less than a week after Lou Catelli and Deborah Patterson of ARTblocks painted their own crosswalks at the intersection of W. 36th and Elm streets, a city Department of Transportation crew came in yesterday and did the job officially.

The guerrilla public works crew, irked  by what they said was months of inaction by the city on citizen requests for crosswalks, had spray-painted their own crossing lines on Elm and the busy “Avenue” last week, using a striping tool and paint from the nearby hardware store.

“Here is a pic of our new crosswalks, compliments of yours truly and Baltimore DOT!” wrote Catelli, in the email he sent with the jpeg of Patterson’s photo triumphantly attached.

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  • Hampdenite

    Ya, but now we have the annoying contrasting spray paint lines all over the road. It looks stupid. Couldn’t they of made their point with chalk. 

    • TD

      They weren’t trying to make a point, they were trying to make  a crosswalk! It may not look perfect, but at least it’s there now and I hope drivers and walkers will notice & use it.

  • Anonymous

    Its like I always say, if you want something done right, do a poor job of it yourself and someone will take pity and fix it for you :)

    I’m kidding of course, the crosswalk was badly needed. It is unfortunate, state law in Maryland states that a crosswalk exists anywhere that is an intended crossing point
    regardless of paint. If only drivers knew about this, lol.

  • Taritac

    What a great idea. The city is sadly slow to put down crosswalks and other “benign” and cost effective traffic measures. I’ve never understood why. City, throw down some paint! It makes crossing safer for pedestrians, and is about an afternoon’s work.

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